The Grossmünster

Overview

Grossmünster, meaning "large cathedral” in German, is a Romanesque ex-cathedral situated in the heart of Zürich, Switzerland, which was built over the course of the 11th and 13th centuries CE.

 

 

History

The Grossmünster served as the starting point of the Reformation under Huldrych Zwingli and Heinrich Bullinger in the first half of the 16th century. The characteristic tops of its neo-Gothic towers were added by Johann Caspar Voegeli and John Hagge Mille from 1781 to 1787. The interior renovations were completed by Gustav Gull and Hermann Fietz between 1913 and 1915.
Particularly what's worth seeing the most is the glass windows by Sigmar Polke, the Romanesque crypt, the Romanesque capitals in the church and cloister, the stained glass windows by Augusto Giacometti (1932), the bronze doors by Otto Münch (1935 and 1950), and the Reformation museum in the cloister. Guided tours are available.
The so-called Karlsturm is one of the two Grossmünster towers of this famous Zurich landmark. 187 stairs lead from the nave up to the tower vantage point – from where visitors have bird’s-eye views over the Zurich rooftops and lake as well as majestic Alpine summits on the horizon.

 

 

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Grossmünster, Zurich is between June to August, which means the summer months. The pleasing weather in these months makes the visit more comforting and easy to explore.
However, The summer season is also the peak travel season in Zurich so one can also opt to plan a visit between March to May in the spring season as the temperature remains cool but pleasing and this time of the year does not attract too many tourists, which can give ample time to explore the majestic site.
The Autumn season in Zurich is quite chilly and temper with the travel itinerary as the temperature varies from 4-10°C. The winters are freezing as the temperature drops too many minus degrees Celcius so it is best to avoid visiting here this time.

 

 

Tips for visiting Grossmünster

1. Choose a bright sunny day with a clear sky, especially if you are planning to climb up to get to the mesmerizing skyline and landscape view.
2. Many areas at Grossmünster have been restricted to photography and videography. However, there is a special fee that can be paid and get permission to capture the beautiful art and sculptures.
3. It is better to take necessary precautions when climbing the tower with infants or with the elderly as the stairs are made of stones and a little uneven that could cause casualties.
4. There are a total of 187 stairs to climb to get a bird's eye view of Zurich. The stairs are old and made of stone so extra care to be taken when visiting with elderly members or infants.
5. It is best to attend the procession and attend the festivity if you are visiting Grossmünster on September 11. As this day is celebrated as a feast day and a holiday celebrated across Zurich and welcomes all tourists to cherish.


Restaurants at Grossmünster

  • Le Dezaley
  • Zunfthaus zur Zimmerleuten
  • Fondue Alp Grossmunsterplatz
  • Mere Catherine
  • Tina Bar
  • Negishi Sushi Bar

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Monday : 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Thursday : 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Friday : 10:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Saturday : 10:00 am to 06:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • By Train : Trains are available every 30 minutes from Zurich Airport’s nearest station Zürich Flughafen to Zurich Stadelhofen, Grossmünster. The ticket will cost around 9 Euro to 18 Euro and the total travel time will be around 16-20 minutes.
  • By Tram : Tram runs every 15 minutes from Zurich Flughafen, Bahnhof to Zurich, Central and from there it is around 10 minutes walk with a distance of 872 meters to be covered till Grossmünster. The journey will take around 35-40 minutes and the ticket fare will be between 3 Euro to 5 Euro.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • Free Entry :

Things To Do

  • Lindenhof
  • Uetliberg Mountain
  • Bahnhofstrasse
  • Grossmunster
  • Lake Zurich
  • Swiss National Museum
  • Lindenhofplatz
  • Rietberg Museum
  • Fraumunster Church
  • Zoo Zurich

Address

Grossmünster, Grossmünsterplatz, Zürich, Switzerland

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FAQs

You can visit various places near The Grossmunster. You can visit Lindenhof, Uetliberg Mountain, Bahnhofstrasse, Grossmunster, Lake Zurich, Swiss National Museum, Lindenhofplatz, Rietberg Museum Fraumunster Church and Zoo Zurich.
Yes you can visit the best restaurants and enjoy different cuisines. They are Le Dezaley, Zunfthaus zur Zimmerleuten, Fondue Alp Grossmunsterplatz, Mere Catherine, Tina Bar, and Negishi Sushi Bar.
The best time to visit Grossmünster, Zurich is between June to August, which means the summer months. The pleasing weather in these months makes the visit more comforting and easy to explore.
It was founded by Charlemagne, whose horse fell to its knees over the tombs of Felix and Regula, Zürich's patron saints. The legend aids support a claim of seniority over the Fraumünster, which was founded by Louis the German, Charlemagne's grandson.
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